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Building Permits Surge To Four Year High
Building permits in the United States surged 6.8 percent to a four year high last month, new data from the Census Bureau shows. Business Insider
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High-tech companies say Florida interns not always up to snuff
As Central Florida's fast-paced technology industry continues to grow and evolve, some business leaders say the young talent needed for the industry isn't always up to speed. Orlando Sentinel
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The South's Best Economic Development Law Firms
If your company is undergoing a site search in the American South, this digital magazine of the South's best economic development law firms is a valuable asset. Southern Business & Development magazine recently conducted a survey of the region's economic development community and the results of the survey can be found in this digital magazine. Find out which law firms are considered the best in the practice of economic development. Click on the headline above. SB&D
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Jobless claims trend shows job market slowly healing
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits edged higher last week although a trend reading fell close to a four-year low, pointing to healing in the still-struggling labor market. Reuters
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Most swing state (4 in south) economies faring better than U.S.
In a state President Barack Obama needs to win, the incumbent should be pleased by the sales report from Tom Sarach’s staffing firm in southeast Virginia. “Last year was a record year,” said Sarach, president of Reliance Staffing, which has four offices in the Hampton Roads area. “This year we’re doing even better.” Miami Herald
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Bankruptcy judge says American Airlines can't throw out pilots contract
American Airlines must wait at least a few weeks longer for court approval to impose new cost-cutting measures on its 8,000 pilots, including changes to benefits and work rules. In what may be only a temporary setback, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane on Wednesday denied a motion by AMR Corp., the airline's parent company, that would have allowed it to nullify its contract with the Allied Pilots Association. Star-Telegram
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Downtown Jacksonville needs a heart transplant
Maybe this will be the downtown study that ends all downtown studies. During a recent brunch at the Main Library, Mayor Alvin Brown announced that IBM had chosen Jacksonville as one of eight cities nationally and 33 globally to receive one of its Smarter Cities Challenge grants — a $50 million, three-year project in which a team of experts from IBM will suggest ways to rejuvenate anemic downtowns. Florida Times-Union
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Athens GA employee background screening company plans to hire 50
SecurTest, an Athens-based background screening company, is expected to hire more than 50 new employees before the end of the year. Athens Banner Herald
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Auto supplier to build plant near Cartersville, GA, create 220 jobs
An Austrian automotive industry supplier plans to build a manufacturing plant in Bartow County and create 220 jobs. Voestalpine Metal Forming will invest $62 million in the facility, which will be located near Cartersville. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Two energy jobs could be your ticket to earning $1 million
A career as a lawyer or a doctor might be one way to a $1 million salary, but it isn’t the only way. According to Payscale.com, there are plenty of quick ways to earning a seven-figure salary without going to law school or medical school, and it’s no surprise that many of those jobs are in health and energy. Petroleum engineers are in high demand due to the surge in natural gas and oil drilling, and the professional is also among the quickest ways to earn $1 million. The median pay is $137,000, and a $1 million salary could be yours in 11 years. Fuel Fix
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We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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